On Thursday 16th December members of the previous Singing for Memory group came together with Janice for a one off Christmas Special on Zoom and had great fun singing along to Christmas favourites. Enjoying the Christmas Special
Eight members organised and packed 53 food hampers for distribution by Barrow Women’s Centre as part of their help for families at Christmas. Club members made donations and we were grateful to Kirkbie Kendal School for donations of food and gifts. It was a big task but most rewarding to see lovely hampers ready for distribution. Starting to pack!
Ten members took part in letter writing as part of the Write for Rights campaign organised by Amnesty International. Members wrote letters of solidarity to women and girl victims of Human Rights abuses and letters to officials appealing for action. A total of 73 letters were written and we also wrote E mails and Social Media posts. Dec 10th is the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which set out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected. It has been translated into 500 languages and is the most translated document in the world.
Soroptimists call for a collective global effort on International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women. A Shadow Pandemic of domestic violence is growing and we need to stem the tide. End violence against women NOW! Grange Soroptimists stand up for women and girls and also provide practical support to Barrow Women’s Centre and Springfield Refuge who support women who have suffered domestic violence. Club members all wore orange to their November meeting to show their support for women suffering violence worldwide. SI Grange Orange the World in solidarity with women across the world
In Langdale valley Five members enjoyed a round walk from Elterwater up the Langdale valley to Stickle Barn on 17th November. The weather was varied with glimpses of sun and a few small showers. The views and autumn colours were magnificent and we spotted various fungi. It was a great way to chat and enjoy exercise and friendship. The walk rounded off with refreshment at the Britannia Inn.
Soroptimists and staff at Women's Centre Following a public appeal by the Club items were collected for Barrow Women's Centre on Sunday 7 November. The public response was brilliant, and nine full to bursting car loads of items including clothes, shoes, lamps, kettles and toiletries were delivered to Barrow. The staff at the Centre were delighted with the items. Twelve members were involved in the sorting and transport of the items which was hard work but good fun! If you are interested in finding out more about our work or joining us please CONTACT US. We would be delighted to hear from you.
Our Soroptimist Sensory Garden group has won 2 awards from the RHS and Cumbria in Bloom. The Sensory Garden was classed as outstanding and we received a GOLD award for biodiversity. Janet Maden from Cumbria in Bloom congratulated the members as she handed over the certificates in glorious sunshine. Along with appreciative comments from visitors, its great to have our hard work recognised! The group were particularly pleased to receive the biodiversity award and already had plans in place for a hedgehog house! Surprise Delight RHS and Cumbria in Bloom award Cumbria in Bloom Biodiversity GOLD award
On 9 October the Club was delighted when the Misses Matthews unveiled the new information board in the Sensory Garden. They kindly donated this in memory of their sister Vera Jones who loved the garden. There was a small celebration afterwards . The board Jane and the Misses Matthews Members and the Misses Matthews celebrating
Overlooking Ullswater 7 members of the walking group enjoyed a 6.5mile walk from Askham across Moor Divock to the bronze age Cockpit stone circle and The Cop Stone. There were beautiful views down to Ullswater and over to Blencathra with an atmospheric mist on the peaks at times! The walk rounded off with a sociable coffee at Askham stores At the Cop Stone , Moor Divock
On Saturday 9th October Grange Soroptimists , with mayor Tricia Thomas planted a tree and placed a plaque near the library to mark the Centenary of Soroptimist International. A Paul's Crimson Hawthorn tree was chosen primarily because hawthorns are excellent if not the best species for carbon capture. Secondly it will provide all year round interest from the deep pink blossom in May and the red haws and yellow leaves in Autumn/ wintertime. This was part of the Soroptimists involvement in tree planting to fight climate change #PlantTrees. See the SIGBI Website for information about other Clubs tree planting and SIGBI tree planting map Planting Paul's Crimson hawthorn tree in Grange with Mayor Tricia Thomas